Karlsruhe. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG will in future step up its commitments in the field of international climate protection. The objective is to play an active role in promoting dialogue between politics, industry and the media with the aim of increasing awareness levels for the necessity of cross-border climate protection. With this goal in mind, EnBW is also acting as a financial and endorsing sponsor of the High-Level Transatlantic Workshop on Climate Change that will take place at Lake Como from October 16 -18. In June 2004, EnBW will also be staging a climate protection conference in Berlin in cooperation with the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge University.
"International climate protection is an issue that concerns society as a whole - and a challenge that responsible companies cannot shy away from. Only through close cross-border cooperation between the worlds of industry and politics will it be possible to achieve the ambitious but necessary progress to protect our environment", says Jürgen Hogrefe, head of the EnBW Group's "Industry, Politics and Society" unit. Hogrefe will be the only representative from a German energy company at the key climate protection conference at Lake Como. The aim of the conference is to create a forum for decision-makers from politics, industry and the media. One of the primary objectives of the event from October 16 - 18 is to convince the USA to agree to the Kyoto Protocol. The Como conference will also be attended by a number of Bundestag members and German members of the European Parliament. Representatives of the US administration and members of the US Congress are also expected to be at the conference, which is based on an initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
In order to promote the debate on international climate protection at national level as well, EnBW will also be staging a conference in June 2004 together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge University that will also focus on the topic of "climate change and global responsibility". As part of this cooperation, EnBW has become a sponsor of the MIT.
With a total of 5.25 million energy customers, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is the third-largest energy company in Germany and is also active throughout Europe in cooperation with its international partners in the EDF Group. The core business areas of EnBW are electricity and gas as well as energy and environmental services. The Group's energy and environmental services include thermal and non-thermal environmental services as well as activities in the water sector.